International Landscape Day

The International landscape Day is celebrated annually on 20 October. Celebrating Landscape Day began on the initiative of the Council of Europe. The main objective of the Landscape Day is to highlight the importance of the landscapes as integral part of the cultural heritage, identity, well-being and the quality of our living environment.

In Finland, the theme of the day this year is water and everyday landscape. The theme was selected to focus on the value of water in the landscape. Water both calms and livens up a landscape at the same time, and it also affects the soundscape.

© Photo: Annika Uddström

Take part in the photography campaign

The photography campaign organised on Instagram by the Ministry of the Environment and the Finnish Environment Institute encourages people to observe water in their surroundings ahead of Landscape Day. The campaign aims at inspiring people to find creative and diverse approaches to the subject.

In what ways is water represented in your day to day landscape? Photograph landscapes open-mindedly. Share your images on Instagram using the hashtag #arkimaisema.

The campaign will come to a head with a photography competition organised on Instagram on International Landscape Day 20 October. The competition jury will select the best shots from the photographs shared with the #arkimaisema hashtag on International Landscape Day. Winners will be rewarded with book prizes related to the theme.

Instagram @arkimaisema
Twitter @arkimaisema

Annual landscape celebration

International Landscape Day was celebrated for the first time in 2017. At that time the Ministry of the Environment challenged the municipalities and NGOs to consider how the day could be celebrated in the coming years.

The objective of the Council of Europe is to institutionalise the celebration of the International Landscape day on 20 October as an annual tradition. The International Landscape day is celebrated by all parties to the European Landscape Convention.

The European Landscape Convention promotes the protection, management and planning of European landscapes and organises European co-operation on landscape issues. The European Landscape Convention is the first international treaty to concern solely landscapes.

The European Landscape Convention was adopted on 20 October 2000 in Florence and came into force in Fnland on 1 April 2006. The convention is ratified by 38 countries.

Annika Uddström, Researcher, Finnish Environment Institute, tel. +358 295 251 715,

Tapio Heikkilä, Senior Environmental Adviser, Ministry of the Environment, tel. +358 295 250 166,

© Photo: Tapio Heikkilä
Landscape and Water as Landscape Day themes 2019-09-13
Living in the land of a thousand lakes, water plays an important role in the everyday lives of Finns. How is water represented in our everyday landscapes? Is it quietly flowing along in tiny streams along the route to your local market? Do you take evening strolls on autumnal shores? Do you pass a bog on your way to work? Do you walk your dog along a ditch in the mornings? Is it raining?
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Published 2018-07-04 at 12:11, updated 2019-09-13 at 19:01